Celebrate the launch of The Queen’s Corgi on digital download, DVD and Blu-Ray™ with these cute Corgi Cupcakes.
Every Sunday we have a family film night at home and our pick for this weekend is The Queen’s Corgi which is released today on digital download, DVD and Blu-Ray™.
The Queen’s Corgi is the story of Rex, the Queen’s Top Dog – a spoilt little corgi who lives a life of luxury in Buckingham Palace. But when Rex winds up in a London Dog’s Home, surrounded by tough strays, he must learn that to become a true Top Dog, you have to earn it!
Not only is it a fun family film, it also has a fantastic all-star British voice cast including Jack Whitehall (Jungle Cruise, Bad Education), Ray Winstone (King of Thieves, Jawbone), Julie Walters (Mary Poppins Returns, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Paddington), Sheridan Smith (Cilla), Matt Lucas (Missing Link, Sherlock Gnomes), Tom Courtenay (King of Thieves, 45 Years).
This is a fabulous film and if you’re looking for something to watch together on a chilly autumn evening or this half term then I’d thoroughly recommend it.
How to make The Queen’s Corgi Cupcakes
To celebrate the launch of The Queen’s Corgi on digital download, DVD and Blu-Ray™ I’ve created these cute Rex the Corgi cupcakes.
I’ve split my tutorial for making these Corgi Cupcakes into two – the instructions for making a fondant corgi and then for building the cupcakes.
Why not get creative with your corgis by adding a crown, robes or a plush cushion for your pampered pooch to sit on. You can also get creative with your buttercream styles. Here are a few ideas…
How To Make a Fondant Corgi
- Colour some of your fondant light brown using the caramel/ivory colour (for the corgi's body) and some fondant black (for the nose).
Make the body
- Roll a ball of ball fondant icing about the size of a 50 pence piece. Get a ball of white fondant icing about a ⅓ of the size of the brown fondant. Roll the two balls together in your hands, being careful to stick the two colours together without mixing them. Roll the ball into a short sausage shape with the white at one end and the brown at the other. This is your corgi's body.
- Use your scoop tipped modelling tool to make 4 small dents at the base of the body where you'd like the legs to be attached.
- Make the legs by rolling four small sausages of fondant about 1 cm long (2 in white fondant and two in brown). Add a bend about ⅓ of the way down each to make feet.
- Brush the dents you made on the corgi's body with a very small amount of water (this will help the legs to stick). Stick the legs into the dents you made on the body – The two brown legs at the back and the two white legs at the front. Use your blade tool to mark a few lines on each foot to represent toes.
- Make the tail by rolling a sausage of brown fondant slightly larger that those you made for the legs. Roll one end into a point for the tip of the tail and bend the sausage into a curve. Make a hole at the top of the back of the corgi's body. Use a little water to stick the tail to the hole at the back, the tail should curve over towards where the head will be.
- To finish the body, use your blade tool to make some random lines in the white section at the front of the corgi to represent the fur.
Make the head
- Roll a ball of white fondant a little smaller than a 10 pence piece. Carefully roll one side of the ball to elongate it to make the dog's muzzle.
- Thinly roll an oval of brown fondant large enough to cover the head. Cut a small notch in the fondant. Lay the brown fondant over the white head, lining up the notch you cut with the top of the nose. Carefully wrap the brown fondant around the back of the head, leaving the muzzle white. Trim off any excess. Use your scoop tipped tool to smooth the brown fondant into the white, especially around the eye area. Using your tool, slightly flatten the fondant where the eyes will go.
- Make the mouth by laying the head on its side and carefully cutting the muzzle in two. Open the mouth slightly and colour the inside with the pink food colouring pen. Gently draw an outline on the bottom inside of the mouth using the black food colouring pen.
- Roll a tiny ball of black fondant and stick this to the end of the nose with a little water.
- Roll two small balls of white fondant, flatten them slightly and stick them to the face to make eyes. Use the black food colouring pen to add a pupil to each eye. Draw an eyebrow over each eye using the brown food colouring pen.
- Roll out a small thin oval of brown fondant. Make two tiny sausages of white fondant and form the ends into a point. Place these onto the brown fondant with a bit of space in between. Gently roll the white into the brown. Cut around the white with a bit of a brown rim. This should look like pointy ears. Cut two slits in the top of the corgi's head and stick on the ears.
Put it all together
- Finally stick the head onto the body.
Once you’ve made your fondant corgis it’s time to build your cupcakes. I’ve used my vanilla cupcakes and vanilla buttercream for these cupcakes. However, you can use pretty much whatever flavour of cupcakes you like. Take a look at my cupcake index for some recipe inspiration. For the
- Buttercream - Either Vanilla or White Chocolate
- Food Colouring – Green and Black or Grey - I used Sugaflair Holly Green for the grass and liqourice for the pathway but any similar colours will be fine.
- Piping Bag
- Grass Nozzle
- Small rolling pin
- Small knife or bladed fondant tool
- Make the cupcakes and buttercream as per your chosen recipe
- Make the fondant path by colouring some of your fondant grey using either black or grey food colouring. Don't worry about getting the colour even as a slight variation in colour in the fondant will give your path some texture. Thinly roll the fondant and cut a strip a couple of centimetres wide. Trim the ends of the fondant path so that it's the length of your cupcake. Use your blade tool/knife to score lines into the path to represent bricks/paving stones.
- Add a little green food colouring to your buttercream and mix until it is evenly coloured.
- Spread a small amount of the green buttercream on top of your cupcake.
- Place the fondant path on top of the buttercream.
- Fill a piping bag fitted with a grass nozzle with the remaining green buttercream and then pipe grass either side of the path.
- Place your fondant corgi onto the path.
Can I still make these cupcakes if I don’t have fondant tools or cake decorating brushes?
You’ll find it easier using the tools recommended, but you can use a small sharp knife in place of the blade tool and the tip of you finger instead of the scoop tipped tool.
Instead of using a brush, just dip the tip of your finger into the water and gently dab it where it’s needed.
What about if I don’t have a grass piping nozzle?
If you don’t have a grass piping nozzle but still want to pipe grass then get a piping bag or plastic food bag, use a skewer to poke a few holes in the corner and you’ll achieve a similar effect to using the nozzle.
My fondant sticks to the work surface when I roll it out thinly. How can I stop this?
Simply sprinkle the worktop with a little icing sugar and that’ll stop it sticking.
Can I feed these cupcakes to my pet Corgi?
These cupcakes are not suitable to be eaten by dogs. If you’d like to make a treat for your four-legged friend the why not try these